A Tribute to Jek Porkins of Star Wars
In the most critical sequence of one of the most popular movies of all time, George Lucas cast William Hootkins, a portly, bearded actor, as Jek Porkins (also known as X-Wing pilot Red Six), who dies on a mission to destroy the Death Star (The Battle of Yavin) in Star Wars. Despite being on screen for only a handful of seconds, he created a lasting impression as the first pilot to die on that mission. He is also on Gunaxin’s list of 20 Stupid Star Wars Character Names.
Hootkins, who died in 2005 of pancreatic cancer, was also in the 1989 Batman film, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Like other Star Wars characters, Jek’s biography is much longer than his screen time, and you can read all about it on Star Wars Wiki, aka Wookieepedia. Also, Jek’s death ranks as No. 5 on Gunaxin’s The Ten Most Unnecessarily Gruesome Star Wars Deaths article.
Due to popular demand, he has his own action figure:
Let’s take a closer look:
And now we will compare the action figure to the real face. Not a bad resemblance, I must say.
A video review of this figure:
Here is a T-shirt that some two-bit company made. Buy it here.
Jek’s Dialogue in Star Wars: Episode IV
Red Six, standing by.
I’m right with you Red Three.
I got a problem here.
I can hold it.
No, I’m all right.
Then his ship explodes, and he dies, a martyr for intergalactic freedom from the Empire.
A band called Yes Sensei has a song called Jek Porkins for President (Buy mp3 from Amazon).
To end this tribute, enjoy these Star Wars parody videos featuring Jek.